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Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
North Melbourne, Australia

Dated a month after the Glenrowan siege, this four-page statement written by Sergeant Arthur Steele of the Wangaratta Police Station, delivers his account of what transpired at Kellys last stand. While recognised and credited as the officer who caused Kelly to fall and be captured, Steele was also criticised for firing at bystanders. This document contains Steeles version of the events that led to the dispute with Constable James Arthur.

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  • Title: Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-07-20
  • Provenance: VPRS 4966 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 2 RECORD 1, VPRS 4966 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 2 RECORD 1
  • Transcript: Wangaratta Police Station 20th July 1880 (?)L. M. Steele Can prove I am Sergt. Of Police in Charge of Wangaratta Police Station. About 3 am on Monday 28th June last, I was at the Wangaratta Railway Station Expecting to meet Supt. Hare and party of Police by special train, finding the train late I went down the line in Company with (?) Lacy (?) (?) we heard firing down the line in the direction of Glenrowan. I telegraphed at once to Benalla, then started for Glenrowan with 5 min on horseback where we arrived at 5am. Took up my position about 25 yards from the back door of Mrs James Hotel, between day break and sun rise, I traced some of the Police Call to some person to go back or he would get shot.-

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